Monday 3/1/21: Framing Device Challenge

Today’s Agenda:

  • Review framing device
  • Being and complete framing device photo challenge

Framing Device

(AKA Natural Frames/Subframing/Frame-within-Frame)

By being aware of all elements in the scene, a photographer can adjust their perspective to use potentially distracting objects as natural frames.

Today you are going to look for frames or use your own objects to shoot through. With practice, you’ll notice natural framing elements quickly and improve your photography composition. Framing your subjects will give your subjects added appeal and show your audience what you want them to see.

The role of any rule of composition is to draw the eye into a photograph. Framing refers to using elements of a scene to create a frame within your frame. For example, you might shoot through a doorway, pulled back curtains, branches, fences, tunnels, or arches to highlight your subject. Adding a focal point through framing shows a viewer exactly where to look. Aside from directing attention, the use of framing gives a photo context.

Foreground elements around your subject, for example, add to the story told by your image. A frame formed by branches or flowers indicates that the photo was taken in a forest or garden. Books surrounding the edges of the image show that the subject is in a library. Other random things that make for interesting pictures include rings, funnels, toilet paper tubes, picture frames, and even shadows! Framing your subject with unusual items can make for interesting and abstract results. So find a subject and frame it with something from architecture, nature, or things around your home that can act as a frame.

Do a Google Image search of “Framing Device Photography” for examples.

Here is the video we watched when we took notes: Sub Framing Ed Puzzle Link

Subframing YouTube Link

Photo Challenge:

Take a series of photographs with a VARIETY of framing devices and subject matter. You can gather items or seek out some natural frames.

Remember that framing devices are incorporated to guide the viewers attention to a focal point in your image.  So you need something to frame, don’t just shoot through a frame at nothing! Subject matter can include a landscape, a person, a pet, a flower, an item of interest, etc.

Put a little thought and creativity into this!  Maybe even sketch or write down some ideas first…

Select your best three and edit before submitting to Teams. Do not rush the editing process, you can really transform images with creative editing and cropping.

Here are some past student photos for ideas:

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